1295. Arachnothera affinis modesta

(1295) Arachnothera affinis modesta.

The Grey-breasted Spider-Hunter.

Anthreptes modesta Eyton, P. Z. S., 1839. p. 105 (Malaya). Arachnothera modesta. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 370.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. Whole upper plumage and visible portions of wing bright yellowish-green ; central tail-feathers darker, each with a blackish tip, lateral feathers blackish with yellowish-green bases and white tips; concealed portions of wing brown; feathers of forehead and fore-crown with dark centres; upper ear-coverts and sides of the neck olive-yellow; chin, throat and breast greenish-ashy, faintly streaked with dark brown ; remainder of lower plumage paler, the under tail-coverts with broad yellow tips.

Colours of soft parts. Iris brown; upper mandible black, the lower reddish-horny to reddish-brown; legs and feet reddish-ochre to pale reddish-brown.

Measurements. Wing 72 to 85 mm.; tail 42 to 52 mm.; tarsus 18 to 20 mm.; culmen 32 to 35 mm.

Distribution. Tenasserim from Muleyit to the Malay Peninsula; Sumatra and Borneo.

Nidification unknown.

Habits. Very little recorded but, as far as is known, not differing from those of other Spider-Hunters. It is found both in evergreen and in light forest as well as in the groves of Coconut and Betel palms and, though apparently only rarely, in gardens.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.3 1926.
Title in Book: 
1295. Arachnothera affinis modesta
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1295
Year: 
1926
Page No: 
418
Common name: 
Grey Breasted Spider Hunter
M_ID: 
29311
M_SN: 
Arachnothera modesta modesta
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
4206

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